$1,000,000 of community support per year starting in 2017

Contrary to what many think, the NWAWS only receives about 17% of its total funding from state and federal government sources. The remainder must be raised in our community. We do this through our Thrift Store (roughly 20% of our gross annual income) as well as fundraising events, individual & business giving, and foundation grants. Currently we must raise $60,000 per month from the community (excluding the Thrift Store and government grants) to meet our needs. Historically, we have failed to communicate this need to the community.

What can I do? Give.

There are many different ways you can help our Shelter. Please review the giving options below. If you have additional questions, please contact us. Your assistance and support are greatly appreciated.



“We are safe here. My children and I can go to sleep and not be afraid. The Shelter provides a support system to help us rebuild our foundation when our house (our life) has crumbled.”
– Shelter Client

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter exists to provide a safe haven for women, children, and men who are escaping the trauma of domestic and sexual violence. We work each day to support victims of violence on their journeys to build lives free of violence . . . for themselves and their families, now and in the future.

Your monthly gift of $50 when you join the “Builders of Hope” helps women, children, and men as they take the first step to begin rebuilding their lives, without the fear of abuse or physical violence.

Thank you for joining “Builders of Hope” with a recurring, monthly gift of $50!

Donating to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter will transform not only the lives of victims of violence right here in your community, it will also transform your life.

Becoming a donor gives you a direct role in building a more peaceful community. You will receive insider information about the NWA Women’s Shelter and updates on how the shelter has served the community and, most importantly, you will learn and understand what your donation has accomplished. We are committed to transparency and accountability to our donors.

Your donations are vital to us. We rely on financial gifts from the community to support our services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

$10 provides supplies for art projects used to help children process the abuse and violence they have experienced firsthand or witnessed and to help them learn how to form healthy family and peer relationships
$10 for 1 crisis call offering support, options, and safety for a victim of domestic violence or a family member
$25 for 5 thumb drives so clients can keep their résumés, job applications, school assignments, and important documents on one device that they can use later
$30 provides a survivor of domestic violence with a gasoline card to get to or from a job or school as he or she works to become economically independent of his or her abuser
$35 for 1 class session taught to high school students on healthy relationships
$75 for 1 month’s cleaning supplies to keep our shelter clean and hygenic
$100 for 1 week of groceries for shelter and outreach families
$100 provides one month of fuel for our shelter vehicles – allowing us to take clients to job interviews, court appointments, and special outings, as well as allowing Shelter staff and volunteers to pick up groceries and donations
$600 for 1 month’s security system to ensure safety for residents

Please consider making a commitment to support us by signing up for a recurring gift. Your monthly gift will provide us with financial stability so that we can focus our efforts on providing better services as we seek to empower our clients to live independently of abuse.

Alternatively, you can mail your donation to:

NWA Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 1059, Rogers, AR 72757.

Anything you can give is appreciated!

We are eager to welcome you to our donor community.  Join us today!

Because we are a temporary home for hundreds of adults and children each year, we need all the things any home would use. We are happy to accept your donations of food, toiletries, and clothing.

All donations are accepted at the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Thrift Store from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. The thrift store is located at 1622 S 8th St, Rogers AR 72756.

Any donations that cannot be used in the Shelter will be sold at our thrift store. All proceeds from the thrift store go to support the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

Please call (479) 621-6116 for more information about donating to the NWAWS Thrift Store or (479) 246-0353 ext. 250 for information about donating items directly to the shelter.

Support Made Easy Through Our Wishlist

Now it’s even easier to support the clients at the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter!

We have partnered with DomesticShelters.org, a project of Theresa’s Fund, to offer an easy way to shop. Click the link below to view our Wishlist, browse our needs, and add items to your cart. When you finalize your purchase, the items get shipped directly to us so you do not have to worry about arranging a drop off.

Prefer to go to the store and purchase items yourself? No problem. Either way, we appreciate your support!


Thank you for your interest in hosting a third-party fundraising event or drive to benefit the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter (NWAWS)!

Third-Party Events are any activity by an individual, organization, or group that raises money or collects items for NWAWS with little to no involvement of the NWAWS staff.

Because of the volume of these requests, we cannot personally participate in each event that is proposed, but we can help promote the event and provide materials, when feasible.

We greatly appreciate your support of our clients and programs!

Plan a Third-Party Fundraising Event

On average, we must raise $60,000 of community support each month in order to allow us to sustain our programs. Many of these funds come from individuals or smaller third-party events, and we would love to be a part of yours! Please click here to review our Third-Party Proposal and then submit completed proposals to Shelli Cathcart, Executive Director.

Ideas for Third-Party Fundraisers:

  • Name NWAWS as the beneficiary of your organization’s golf tournament
  • Celebrate special life events (birthdays, weddings, anniversaries) with donations directed to NWAWS
  • Host a wine and cheese party with friends and colleagues
  • Plan a walk/run or other outdoor event
  • Ask local restaurants or other businesses for a percentage of sales, tips, or collection of donations

*Please fill out a proposal form prior to promoting your third-party fundraising event. Together, we will discuss your plan and provide guidance for success!

Plan a Third-Party Drive

Imagine finding out that you won’t be able to return to you home tonight, not even to pick up important belongings. That is the situation many of our clients find themselves in when they come to NWAWS. With your help, we strive to always be able to supply the tangible items that our moms, dads, and children need to get settled during their stay.

Ideas for Third-Party Drives:

  • Organize a drive in your office for specific items (children’s items, baby products, ethnic products, perishable foods, towels, etc.) — see current needs for ideas.
  • Clean-out your closet and challenge your friends to do the same, with all donations going to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Thrift Store

If you are interested in organizing a drive for the public, contact Antonella Kinder, Volunteer & In-Kind Gift Coordinator, to reserve one of our special product donation boxes: akinder@nwaws.org or 479-246-0353, ext. 250.

*Please fill out a proposal form prior to promoting your third-party fundraising drive. Together, we will discuss your plan and provide guidance for success!

Have more questions about Third-Party Activities? Click here for answers to the most common questions.

NWA Women’s Shelter Thrift Store

The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter Thrift Store located at 1622 S 8th St in Rogers (in the Southgate Shopping Center, off 8th Street just south of Olrich). We hope you will visit us at our new location! Remember, all profits from the thrift store go to support the mission of the NWA Women’s Shelter.

Our thrift store is an important part of our fundraising efforts and resource for our clients in their attempt to begin a new life. We sell and accept as donations many things, including furniture, appliances, household goods, and clothing and shoes of all sizes and types. We have a wide selection of very reasonably priced, clean children’s, men’s, and women’s clothes.

Operating hours:
Monday – Saturday- 10am – 6pm Closed Sundays

Donations are happily accepted from 10am-5pm each open day. Call the store at 479-621-6116 to get more information

Map to the NWA Women’s Shelter Thrift Store

Whether as a one-time donor, or a monthly sustaining donor, your support (no matter the size) counts. Donate online, mail a check, or call to make a donation over the phone. Even $25 a month adds up. That would provide three safe nights each year ($25×12=$300).

If 1,000 people in NWA gave this amount it would total $300,000 in one year. Even the smallest donations can make the biggest differences.

Interested in making a significant donation? Contact Shelli Cathcart to set up a time to discuss your options.

NWA Women’s Shelter
P.O. Box 1059
Rogers, AR 72757
(479) 246-0353 (business line)

Join others in helping us reach more people who can help. Introduce us to other individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that might want to help or learn more about our services.

Contact Shelli Cathcart to learn how you can help connect us with others.

Set up a garage sale benefitting NWAWS, declare a “NWAWS night” at your restaurant and donate a portion of the proceeds, or run a competition in your office. The possibilities for your support really are endless.

Check out our Third-Party Fundraiser tab for more ideas or reach out to Merritt Royal for more information.